I did a little research on the hal.dll problem. I think my problem is really not with the hal.dll, but rather when I did a system restore, it rerutned my boot.ini file to appear that there is only 1 partition. Evidently when the restore partition is created, it copies the existing boot.ini. However, once the restore partition is created, there are 2 partitions. To complicate matters, I later created an additional 3 more partitions on the 160G drive. Executing MAP in cmd mode reveals there are still 5 partitions. However, the installation disk has no edit function so I haven't figured out how to modify the boot.ini record so that is compatible with the hal.dll which I suspect is still set up to deal with 5 partitions. The commands on the installation disk won't let me modify the file directly or make a copy to the floppy drive so that I could edit it on another machine.
I should think this kind of problem must have been presented to you guys before. Hopefully sonce I get past this one I can at least get to safe mode.
Suggestion and/or education Please !!